Ah, brunch. You either love it or hate it — there’s no in between when it comes to the addicts who love their weekend dose of eggs benny and pancakes, or the staunch puritans of breakfast and lunch who scoff at the notion of a combination of both. But really, brunch can be the best of both worlds — you don’t have to stick to boring old French toast, poached eggs, pastries and pancakes.
These four restaurants/cafes are changing things up with brunch menus that serve meat platters, free-flow crêpes, pastas and — get this — pancake burgers. The concept of guilt-free doesn’t really exist in their vocabulary, so toss your diet plans out the window and treat yo’self this weekend.
The carnivore hotspot’s fortnightly Sunday brunch dishes up a meaty spread of suckling pig on the spit, bratwursts, steaks, seafood and veggie skewers, served with a side of nine sauces, including belachan, pepper and mushroom. You can either choose to order the meats and skewers à la carte or splash out on the Caveman Platter ($60) for a sharing feast of beef short ribs, pork ribs, chicken thigh, pork collar and suckling pig. If you’re bringing the kids along, they’ll be entertained by face painting, ‘cave’ drawing and dress-up activities.
Fortnightly on Sunday from June 4, noon onwards.
For a weekend of crêpes, swing by this French-inspired Circular Road hangout and fill up on the brunch set ($22) that comes with your choice of soft boiled eggs, ham and cheese omelette, scrambled eggs with salmon or eggs benny, as well as free flow salted caramel mini crêpes. Yep, you can pretty much stuff yourself with enough crêpes to last you a lifetime. If you’ve already been there and done that, try the new ‘maki’ selection (from $14) of galettes made with organic, gluten-free buckwheat flour. Each easy-to-eat, bite-sized piece is stuffed with ingredients like masala chicken, goat cheese tartar, crab avocado, duck confit, smoked salmon or ham and cheese.
Every weekend from 10am.
It’s all about comfort food at the waterfront space, with a brunch menu chock full of hearty plates like chicken pot pie ($18), pork belly carbonara ($25), croque madame ($20), smoked chicken ravioli ($22) and the weekend roast ($34) of pork belly or wagyu rump with mushrooms, tomatoes and yorkshire pudding. If you simply must have your pancakes, try the bacon and bourdon option ($19) or appease your sweet tooth with the coffee crumble and ice cream version ($19).
Every weekend 10.30am-4.30pm.
Can’t decide between pancakes and burgers? Tiong Bahru Bakery has your back, fam. The croissant connoisseurs have debuted a new dinner menu (it’s also available all day on weekends) at the Raffles City outlet — and pancake burgers are the highlight. Take this PB&B creation ($23), for example. The stack of fluffy pancakes comes with five-spice pork belly, creamy ricotta cheese, peanuts for crunch, salted caramel drizzles, caramelized bananas, and a side of maple syrup for extra sweetness. But if you’d rather separate your sweet from your savory, try the Kim Cheesy ($23) for a dish of kimchi pancake, sweet bean sauce, tofu, sautéed cabbage, green onions, bread crumbs and smoked bonito flakes.
Weekdays from 5pm, all day on weekends.